While you could hang a wall tapestry or fine rug from thumbtacks or even brad nails, hanging from such small focused points of pressure is likely to damage the fibres in the tapestry. You can protect your investment and display it securely if you take the time to apply simple fastening methods, such as casings or hook-and-loop fasteners, which require little more than hand sewing skills.
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Things you need
- Heavy cotton or linen
- Needle and thread
- Curtain rod
- Hook-and-loop fastener
- Staple gun
Cut a piece of heavy cotton or linen that is 3 inches wide and a couple of inches shorter than the horizontal length of the tapestry to be hung.
Fold this piece of cotton or linen lengthwise and stitch along the edge so that you have a long, tapered tube.
Hand stitch this tube to the top edge of the tapestry, on the back. It's critical that the tube itself run straight.
Slide a curtain rod, or other sturdy rod of the appropriate length, through the tube you made, which is called a casing, and mount this rod on the wall to hang the tapestry.
Hand stitch the soft, loop side of a hook-and-loop fastener, such as Velcro, along the width of the tapestry's upper edge, on the back.
Staple the stiffer, hook-side piece of the hook-and-loop fastener, cut to match the piece on the back of the tapestry in size, to the wall where you'd like the tapestry to hang. You could also staple this hook-side piece to a board and then mount the board on the wall.
Press the soft, loop-side piece of fastener on the back of the tapestry to the hook-side piece mounted on the wall. The tapestry should hang securely until you see fit to bring it down.
Tips and warnings
- Match sewing threads to the colour of your tapestry to ensure they won't show through to the front at all.
- Extra strips of Velcro may be installed to give more holding power on especially heavy fabrics.